California Southern University Reviews

3.35 out of 5 stars
(53 Reviews)
  • Irvine (CA)
71% of 53 students said this degree improved their career prospects
68% of 53 students said they would recommend this school to others
Find an Online Degree:
GradReports is supported by advertising. Schools that compensate us advertise via school search results. This does not influence our college rankings or our content.

Student & Graduate Reviews

1.0 out of 5 stars
DR2 - 9/27/2019
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2008
"The school is out right unethical and dishonest. When I enrolled, we agreed on what courses I would need to complete the program. Once I sent them in my application fee, I was informed I had to take additional course work.... typical bait an switch tactic... so unethical and illegal. When I challenged them, there response was we can break and change the rules at any time, and we do not have to honor our word or agreements- even written ones. Stay away....they do not want to educate you...they just want to rob you."
5.0 out of 5 stars
K.M. - 9/16/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2020
"Course content was interesting and engaging. Like any other school, some professors are phenomenal and others had expectations that were not clearly outlined. With that said, the program is appropriately challenging. I earned a masters from a university that has APA accreditation for their doctoral program, so the rigor of that prepares me for this. I am not looking to get licensed, but as a California resident its nice to know I can (with extra hoops without APA accreditation). Regional accreditation suffices for my career needs."
4.3 out of 5 stars
rod - 9/3/2019
Degree: Child Development
Graduation Year: 2020
"I have been quite pleased with my experience at Cal Southern. I was looking for a doctoral program that was reasonably priced, allowed me to study at home and gave me relative freedom in my learning and my schedule. I work full time in a management position in health care and needed a flexible program. I found the work was challenging. I did +++ reading on my own, studied hard, mastered computerized learning and now am mid way through my doctoral project. The work was challenging. I found one course was questionable and have provided feedback to the university. Funny though--that is one of the courses that made me really "think!" The coursework was at times cumbersome and perhaps "busy work" but I found I learned from each course and have applied my learning at work. For those who complain about the social justice aspect --I didn't experience that and am a little confused by the comments of others on the reviews. The course on cultural diversity was excellent! Over the years, I have contacted my mentors when needed and found replies very helpful. I would say that I would like more feedback from the mentors on my work submitted but have found that is the case with masters programs and other doctoral level courses that I have taken previously. And my advisor (who has changed several times in the years I have been studying) has always responded quickly and been helpful. I think this is a good program if you are watching the costs, want to update and expand your knowledge and want to have some degree of control in your studies."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Edward Kennsington - 7/17/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017
"Horrible school. Extremely unorganized. Ran by almost all women. If youre a man, good luck. LaSharnda Beckwith is in charge of student affairs and lacks the ability to help students succeed. The school has a very large turnover with faculty. The school lacks credibility and highly urge people to run!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Ryan Nathan - 7/16/2019
Degree: Clinical Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017
"Great educational experience that was rigorous as it was transformative. My studies at Cal Southern pushed me out of my comfort zone in many ways, and shortly after was able to apply for licensure with the state. I highly recommend this university for those who enjoy being distant learners."
2.8 out of 5 stars
N.E - 7/11/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2022
"I loved the school till I completed my pre-doc; although, I am very disappointed for not being able to change my chair. I have requested a change in chair more than once and they rejected it every time. I do not find him helpful/supportive, he is unclear and unmotivating. I have started feeling extremely saddened, but I have no choice to continue to graduate with this tough situation. I did not feel supported by school and that's not professional and condescending to me."
4.6 out of 5 stars
MichaelH - 5/12/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2019
"I am now in the dissertation phase (officially called Doctoral Project) and I have found this program to a great fit for a working clinician in full time private practice. If you don't reside in CA are not concerned about licensure, this is a relatively affordable and convenient way to obtain a regionally accredited doctorate in psychology. You have to be very self directed, and a lot of the assignments feel like busy work (I think true in many bricks and mortar places too), but overall my experience has been good."
4.0 out of 5 stars
Stephen Wise - 4/23/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2020
"I am in my second year in the Psyd program at California Southern University, and I am thrilled with my progress. At the end of Aug I will have completed all of my required courses and will sit for the Comp Exam in Oct. I know that choosing an online school is not easy, and that 'responsiveness" seems to be a concern. I have had no probems in this regards. My mentors return emails in a timely manner, and I have a friendly and active academic advisor. I am getting a PsyD as a career change from many years in HR. Thus, I have no clinical experience. I would like others like me to carefully evaluate whether the PsyD is right for you. Perhaps in my case the PhD would have been a better choice. This is not to say that I can never be licensed, but rather it may take quite some time."
1.0 out of 5 stars
SGR - 1/26/2019
Degree: Clinical Psychology
Graduation Year: 2019
"I have been enrolled at California Southern University working on a clinical psychology degree since spring 2018. I have maintained a 4.0 answering all of my questions with the answers I knew they wanted to hear. I requested to speak with the dean regarding the curriculum. In particular the social justice that was connected to every assignment. I told her that I grew up in a time when students were taught to pay attention to their prejudice. I learned that we should get to know someone before we judge them. What I am learning now categorizes people by their race, sex, and culture. I told her I found this inappropriate for a clinical psychology program and that I would like to start writing my papers in a manner that might be unpopular by challenging these ideas. I also told her that I have concerns with the way the text asserts that microaggressions can only be directed towards minorities, and since white males are not minorities they cannot experience microaggressions. I feel the new way of teaching tolerance is more harmful than the old way. Finally, I asked if her school would support a student that challenges these ideas in an academically cited dissertation. I didnt want to waste more time and money to be rejected later on. She told me that this school is not a good fit for me. She would rather remove a student with a different viewpoint than take my money and show that her school supports, or even tolerates, diversity of thought."
1.3 out of 5 stars
paradoxtx - 1/26/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2018
"The school's culture is far from inclusive. Faculty are biased, unable to be objective and completely illogical when challenged. When obvious issues are addressed with the department heads they are inept and have no desire to engage or address the problem. Far better choices out there."
Was this page helpful?